Thursday, 26 January 2012

Erding finally exits PSG

After weeks of being linked with all and sundry, PSG have finally completed a striker transfer.

The only problem is that it involved a player leaving the Parc des Princes rather than arriving, with Mevlut Erding joining Rennes for €8million.

"He's a very special player; he's complete," said Rennes boss Frederic Antonetti, setting an extremely high bar for his new signing.

"He makes excellent runs and creates a lot of chances for himself. He just needs to rediscover the confidence he has lost, and get back into his rhythm."

So far it's been a good season for Erding. He scored one goal, a late winner against Toulouse, which earned him a new contract and a pay-rise. Since then he's had to do very little to earn his money, aside from the odd ineffective cameo from the bench. He's still a decent player, and with a record of roughly a goal every three games for the PSG you would expect him to thrive at Rennes.

With his departure, it looks increasingly likely that we'll go through the second half of the season with only two recognised strikers in the squad. On Tuesday Leo confirmed that our interest in He Who Must Not Be Named is over, and it's becoming difficult to see who else we can bring in to bolster the front line before Tuesday's transfer deadline. Perhaps Peguy Luyindula can be persuaded to drop his law-suit against the club and make a sensational return from exile to spear-head our title charge...

Elsewhere PSG have been linked with Chelsea "star" Salomen Kalou Florent Malouda Fernando Torres Frank Lampard Alex Jose Bosingwa, who is apparently available for €4million. There can't be many Chelsea players who aren't on PSG's radar, I await the news that we've put in a bid for Nigel Spackman.

Alex looks like he might actually join ("For Alex, there is a possibility but it's not done yet," Leo told L'Equipe yesterday) while Thiago Motta's agent has been busy talking up the possibility of his client making a move from Inter Milan.

Motta started as Inter lost to Napoli in the Coppa Italia last night, but his agent Dario Canvoni said: "Tonight's match could be Thiago's last in the Inter shirt, as the player has given the green light to PSG for the transfer."

Boss Claudio Ranieri said afterwards that he hopes the player will stay, describing him as "an important player", so I'm not getting my hopes up just yet.


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